The Necessary Journey of Self-transformation

Event Start Date: 
Jan 9 2023 - 08:30 to Jan 20 2023 - 16:00
Event Category: 
School of the Wisdom

Event Theme

The School of the Wisdom
Theme: The Necessary Journey of Self-transformation
Facilitator: Prof.Emeritus Ravi Ravindra

A two-weeks Exploration on January 9 - 20, 2023 at Adyar

Venue: Blavatsky Bungalow, TS Campus, Adyar

Times: Monday to Friday
Meditation: 8.00 to 8.30 a.m.
Classes: 8.30 to 11.00 a.m. with a tea-break at 9.30 a.m.. Afternoons are for study and arranged visits.

Note: The Class is already full but you can send an application to be added in the Waiting list.


We will begin with the obvious realization that we did not create ourselves and wondering why we have been created in this vast universe by the mysterious and conscious energies running the whole universe.

We will look at the common features of eternal wisdom as expressed in the two major spiritual traditions—Abrahamic (consisting of Judaism, Christianity and Islam) and the Indian (consisting of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism)—and also at some significant differences in their philosophical and theological formulations.  According to all the sages, the Divine spiritual energy is manifested at different levels in all the creatures in the universe. Focusing on human beings, one can say that each one of us is composed of two aspects, or two beings, one coming from the spiritual or Purusha side and the other from the material or Prakriti side.  Some classical designations of these two aspects are spiritual nature and carnal nature, Self and self; Real and Eternal Self and transient self; I and me; angelic nature and animal nature; higher nature and lower nature. In general the whole world is being run by the fears and desires of our carnal nature occupied with me-my-mine. The call from all the spiritual teachers is for us to become more and more aware of our spiritual nature and to serve its need to evolve back to the Source.

One universal lesson from all the teachers is that as long as I remain as I am I cannot come to the Truth or God or the Real.  What is recommended is the necessary journey of self-transformation.  In this course we will explore the various stages of this journey.

Suggested Readings

Since I have been wrestling for many decades with the subject for exploration in this course, several of my published books are recommended for reading.  Specifically,
Whispers from the Other Shore: Spiritual Search—East and West;
Wisdom of Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras;
The Yoga of the Christ;
Yoga and the Teaching of Krishna.

All of these books have also been published by the Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar. 
In addition, I recommend my book The Bhagavad Gita: A Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life.


Prof.Emeritus Ravi Ravindra is a life member of the Theosophical Society.  He has taught many courses in the School of the Wisdom in Adyar and in the Krotona School of Theosophy in Ojai, California. He is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, where he had taught in three departments-- Physics, Philosophy and Comparative Religion.  He is the author of many books; among them are Science and the Sacred; Krishnamurti: Two Birds on One Tree; The Wisdom of Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras; The Bhagavad Gita: A Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life. And he is the co-author of Theory of Seismic Head Waves.

Free. Accommodation and meal rates will be informed to attendees.
Event Status: 
What is provided: 
Accommodation is provided at the Campus during the event duration.
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The Necessary Journey of Self-transformation


Theosophical Society
Blavatsky Avenue Blavatsky Bungalow
600020 Adyar, Chennai , TN
Tamil Nadu IN




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The School of the Wisdom aims at bringing each student to survey life ‘from the centre’, which is intuitive awareness. There can be no Wisdom without an ever-increasing sense of Wonder. Essential in the progress towards Wisdom is a growing intimacy with all aspects of Nature.

The SOW was inaugurated in 1949 by C. Jinarajadasa, the fourth International President of the TS, to revive the 1922 Adyar School initiated by Annie Besant. This school was named Brahmavidyā Āśrama, which has almost the same meaning as the School of the Wisdom.


The SOW is meant for members of the Theosophical Society to deepen their understanding in theosophy, making it a living force in daily life. Students may apply for all or some of the School of the Wisdom sessions in one form and are expected to attend all the classes in the session chosen.

1. Please, before applying click here to download and read the Online Class Decorum.

2. Fill in the Application Form which you find for each Session's page


For students joining any SOW programme, we recommend reading the following:

01 - The School of the Wisdom by Jinarajadasa and Radha Burnier (PDF)
02 - An Unending Path by Tim Boyd (PDF)
03 - Freedom of Thought and Freedom of Society (PDF)
04 - Why Theosophy is left undefined by N. Sri Ram (PDF)
05 - Adyar as a Spiritual Centre by J. Krishnamurti (PDF)
06 - What Is Truth? by H. P. Blavatsky (PDF)

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La Escuela de la Sabiduría tiene como objetivo llevar a cada estudiante a examinar la vida "desde el centro", que es la conciencia intuitiva.  No puede haber Sabiduría sin un creciente sentido de Maravilla. Esencial en el progreso hacia la Sabiduría, es una creciente intimidad con todos los aspectos de la Naturaleza.

La SOW fue inaugurada en 1949 por C. Jinarajadasa, el cuarto presidente internacional de la ST, para revivir la Escuela Adyar de 1926 iniciada por Annie Besant. Esta escuela se llamó Brahmavidyā Āśrama, que tiene casi el mismo significado que la Escuela de la Sabiduría.


La SOW está pensada para que los miembros de la Sociedad Teosófica profundicen su comprensión de la teosofía, de modo que la conviertan en una fuerza viva en la vida diaria. Los estudiantes pueden aplicar para todas o algunas de las sesiones de la Escuela de la Sabiduría en un solo formulario y se espera que asistan a todas las clases en la sesión elegida.

1. Por favor, antes de postularse, haga clic aquí para descargar y leer las directrices de las clases en línea.

2. Complete el formulario de solicitud que encontrará en la página de cada sesión


Para los estudiantes que se unen a cualquier programa de la SOW, recomendamos leer lo siguiente:

01a - La Escuela de la Sabiduría Jinarajadasa 1949 (PDF)
01b - La Escuela de la Sabiduría Jinarajadasa 1950 (PDF)
01c - La Escuela de la Sabiduría Radha Burnier (PDF)
02 - Un Sendero sin final por Tim-Boyd (PDF)
03 - Libertad de Pensamiento & Libertad  de la Sociedad Teosófica (PDF)